8pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Molde win REACTION, Tottenham clash set to have fans, Szoboszlai UPDATE, Saliba latest

ARSENAL swept aside Molde as they continued their excellent form in the Europa League.

Meanwhile their January transfer plans are taking shape with Valencia's English wonderkid Yunus Musah believed to be a target.

Follow all of the latest Gunners news, gossip and updates below…

  • Etienne Fermie

    FULL TIME: MOLDE 0 ARSENAL 3

    The full-time whistle blows and Arsenal are through to the round of 32 with two games to spare!

    Second-half strikes from Nicolas Pepe, Reiss Nelson and Folarin Balogun sealed the win.

    Keep it SunSport for all the reaction.

  • Etienne Fermie

    GOAL ARSENAL!!

    MOLDE 0 ARSENAL 3

    It's a special moment for teenage sensation Folarin Balogun, as he nets his first Gunners goal!

  • Etienne Fermie

    GOAL ARSENAL!

    MOLDE 0 ARSENAL 2

    Reiss Nelson makes it two from close range!

  • Etienne Fermie

    GOAL ARSENAL!

    MOLDE 0 ARSENAL 1

    Nicolas Pepe fires the Gunners into the lead!

    Full coverage here.

  • Etienne Fermie

    HALF-TIME: MOLDE 0 ARSENAL 0

    The Gunners are still waiting to break the deadlock in chilly conditions in Norway.

    Reiss Nelson and Nicolas Pepe have both come close for Mikel Arteta's men so far.

    The Gunners are yet to break the deadlockCredit: Svein Ove Ekornesvåg / NTB
  • Etienne Fermie

    BREAKING THE MOLDE

    The Gunners remain tied at 0-0 in Norway, as the match creeps towards half time.

    Remember, you can follow all the action with SunSport's Sam Dymond here.

    A win would seal progression to the round of 32 for Mikel Arteta's men.

    Joe Willock has been at the heart of the actionCredit: Svein Ove Ekornesvåg / NTB
  • Etienne Fermie

    KICK-OFF!

    Arsenal's Europa League clash with Molde is underway.

    Keep it SunSport for instant updates and all the reaction.

    The Gunners are ready for actionCredit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    FOLLOW THE ACTION

    Arsenal have arrived at a chilly Aker Stadium to face Molde in the Europa League.

    Fans can follow the action in depth with SunSport's Sam Dymond here.

    The Gunners are ready for action at a chilly Aker StadiumCredit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    ARSENAL STARTING XI VS MOLDE

    13. Runarsson 17. Cedric 23. David Luiz 20. Mustafi 15. Maitland-Niles 19. Pepe 34. Xhaka 28. Willock 24. Nelson 30. Nketiah 9. Lacazette

  • Etienne Fermie

    RAPID FIRE

    Arsenal have confirmed that 2,000 fans will be admitted into their home clash with Rapid Vienna next Thursday.

    Tickets will be sold to Gold and Premium members on a first come, first served basis.

    The Gunners then plan on using a ballot system for their next home game against Burnley.

  • Joe Brophy

    CHRIS CROSS

    Arsenal have reportedly rejected the chance to sign former Tottenham star Christian Eriksen from Inter Milan.

    The Danish playmaker is out of favour at the San Siro, and could be on the move in January.

    It had been claimed that the Gunners were eyeing up a possible move as Mikel Arteta looks to add creativity to his side.

    But according to the Daily Star, Arsenal are not interested in bringing the player back to North London.

  • Joe Brophy

    ZLAT'S NOT ON

    Mino Riola revealed at least 300 players have joined Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the fight against EA Sports' use of player name and image rights in FIFA 21.

    The super agent insists he will not give up the battle with EA Sports, world football governing body Fifa and the players' union Fifpro.

    He told The Telegraph: "It won't just be Zlatan or Gareth Bale. We have around 300 requests from players.

    "We will go until the end, if necessary, against Fifa and Fifpro and everybody who sells rights they don't have.

    "This is one of the biggest disgraces involving Fifa who want to weaken the players to become slaves.

    "But I will not allow that. Zlatan is not a marionette, Zlatan is not someone you can tell to do something he doesn't want to do."

    EA Sports told SunSport they are allowed to use the pair's details due to deals they have in place with AC Milan and the Premier League.

  • Joe Brophy

    NOT GUNNER DO MUCH

    Former Arsenal defenderWilliam Gallas has written off the Gunners' chances this season.

    He wrote on Instagram: “[Tottenham’s win over Manchester City] confirms what I said a few weeks ago.

    “A London team will win the Premier League this year.

    “After seeing Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham play, I already know that it won’t be Arsenal who will win the title!”

  • Joe Brophy

    SAK RACE

    Ian Wright has claimed that it is ‘fundamentally wrong’ that Bukayo Saka is having to play so much for Arsenal.

    The Gunners legend said on the Wrighty’s House podcast: “He’s our most creative player at 18.

    “When you look at it like that, there’s something fundamentally wrong when he has to play so frequently to help a team like Arsenal to win.

    “Even more so when we look at Mesut Ozil not being able to get a squad number.

    “We’re asking an 18-year-old to come off the bench, he’s just played three games for England, and now he’s injured. That’s too much pressure already.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Jack Wilshere has revealed it would be a ‘dream’ to return to Arsenal – but he is not holding out much hope.

    The 28-year-old was released by West Ham this summer just two years after joining them from the Gunners.

    Wilshere told the ITV Football Football Show: “Listen, you never know. I'm an Arsenal man.

    “I've not spoken to anyone or anything but that would be the dream.

    “I'm not stupid to know that there's probably no chance of it happening but I'm an Arsenal man, I love the club and want to see the club do well.”

  • Joe Brophy

    YOUNG GUN

    Mikel Arteta has revealed he is keen for Folarin Balogun to stay at Arsenal.

    He told reporters: "Yes, he is a player that I want.

    "He is a player that I want to stay at the club. I love working with young players.

    "You can see the talent is there, the ambition is there and he can fit with our structure and progress in the future.

    "He's part of the DNA and myself and the club are working to try to extend his contract.

    “We're trying to change the situation that we are in at the moment with him, and trying to convince him that this is the right place for him.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GUNNING FOR GOALS

    Arsenal have been heavily linked with Christian Eriksen and Dominik Szoboszlai as Mikel Arteta tries to sort his misfiring attack.

    And the Spaniard would have to drop some big names to fit the midfield aces into his starting XI.

    Here's how they could line-up if Arteta lands both targets…

  • Joe Brophy

    TIER FOR CHEERS

    London clubs have been given the go-ahead to welcome fans back to stadiums from next week.

    The Government's new coronavirus lockdown tier system comes into place after December 2 with Manchester and Leeds among those facing the biggest restrictions.

    London and Liverpool were among the areas in Tier 2, allowing 2,000 fans back into stadiums with social distancing.

    Arsenal will hope to be the first English club to welcome back fans on December 3 when Rapid Vienna visit Emirates Stadium.

  • Joe Brophy

    PEP TALK

    Mikel Arteta has dismissed claims Nicolas Pepe's Arsenal career is in the balance after the club's record signing saw red against Leeds.

  • Joe Brophy

    FOOTY STAR'S SCARE

    Arsenal star Joe Willock escaped unhurt after a terrifying motorway smash.

    The 21-year-old midfielder crashed his £140,000 Mercedes G-Wagon jeep into a barrier on an M25 slip road.

    The Gunners prospect lost control at the wheel and his car somehow stayed upright before ending in the bushes.

    The smash reportedly took place on Saturday afternoon when Willock was on his way to training.

    And he went on to play in Arsenal's 0-0 draw at Leeds the following day before being subbed off just before the hour mark.

    An eyewitness told the Daily Mail: "I didn't know who he was. He was a bit shaken, but fine."

    The Sun Online has contacted Arsenal for comment.

  • Joe Brophy


    SZOB STORY

    Arsenal are reportedly hoping to sign Dominik Szoboszlai from RB Salzburg – but could be forced into a buy-to-loan arrangement to secure his services.

    The North London giants have been watching the 20-year-old attacking midfielder for years and have failed with moves for him twice before.

    Premier League rivals Tottenham are also keen on the Hungarian international.

    However, RB Leipzig are looking to secure his signature in January and are willing to let him stay in Austria on loan until the end of the season.

    Now Football Insider claims ‘Arsenal are set to explore multiple formulas in their Szoboszlai pursuit’.

    And that includes matching Leipzig by letting him initially stay at Salzburg on loan.

  • Joe Brophy

    SORT THE MES OUT

    Mesut Ozil is good enough for any Premier League team – making his Arsenal exile baffling, Jack Wilshere has said.

    He told The ITV Football Football Podcast: “I am [surprised], because I played with him and used to love playing with him and really, really enjoyed it.

    “He's one of the best I played with.

    “So yeah, I am surprised, but there's obviously something that we don't know.

    “I reckon he could get into any team in the Premier League, that's my opinion, and to not even have the opportunity to be able to compete for a place is difficult to understand.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal and Nicolas Pepe can forget their Premier League headache tonight – by reaching the Europa League KO stage with two group games to spare.

    Gunners' boss Mikel Arteta has told £72million record buy Pepe to use the tie at Norwegian champions Molde to prove his worth following Sunday's red-card headbutt shame against Leeds.

    Arsenal are 12th in the Prem after four defeats and only nine goals from nine games.

    But Arteta said: “The margins are minimal and teams are winning league games with one or two shots on target.

    “Aspects of our play make me really enthusiastic and optimistic. When I see the young talent… it gets me really excited.

    “So when you have the chance to qualify early, you have to grab that chance…this would really help with squad management in December.”

    And of Pepe the Spaniard insisted: “There is no way there is a threat to his time here.

    “This club has made a huge investment in him and people obviously expect a lot from him because of his quality.”

    Inter Milan have reportedly offered the Gunners the chance to sign ex-Tottenham fan favourite Christian Eriksen for just £12m.

    But Arteta has played down any chance of Jack Wilshere making what the ex-England midfielder calls a “dream” return to Arsenal following his summer exit from West Ham.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NIC MUST BREAK THE MOLDE

    Nicolas Pepe has been ordered to prove against Molde on Thursday night  he has learned his lesson following Sunday’s red mist at Elland Road.

    Manager Mikel Arteta insists he has forgiven the hot-headed winger after Pepe apologised for being sent off for headbutting Leeds’ Ezgjan Alioski.

    The Spaniard said: “There is no way  there is a threat to his time here.

    “We all have disappointments and reactions in our playing careers and obviously it was frustrating to be playing with ten men for a long time.

    “But Nico had a really good reaction with the way he apologized and understood his responsibilities. Hopefully we all see the player we want against Molde.

    “This club has made  a huge investment in him and people obviously expect a lot from him because of his quality."

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARTETA BACKS PEPE

    Mikel Arteta claims Arsenal will give weekend headbutt villain Nicolas Pepe more time to adjust to the Premier League.

    Record buy Pepe, a £72million arrival from Lille in August 2019, is yet to command a regular place after inconsistent wing displays.

    Ivory Coast attacker Nicolas Pepe saw red in Sunday's 0-0 draw with Leeds

    And boss Wenger said: "We're giving him time and he needed some time to adapt to the Premier League, a new city, a new language and a new environment. 

    "He has reacted the right way and hopefully I can see a player that shows that every week."

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